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Can Scribes Help Improve Emergency Practice Productivity?

Scribes appear throughout ancient history as "record keepers" who copy legal texts and other documents. Three thousand years later, modern scribes follow healthcare providers to document services rendered, and have taken on additional roles such as tracking down test results and medication orders, taking patients histories and generally acting as an assistant to the provider.

The use of scribes in healthcare has grown dramatically in recent years, particularly in field of emergency medicine. There are several reasons for this growth, but one of the important is the widespread adoption of electronic health records.